Idoit40fans wrote: Tico Rick wrote:
Troy Loney wrote:So this really hasn't been settled yet? Restaurants don't put out bottles of condiments for you to take home with you.
So if a restaurant sets out a chair and table for me to dine on, are you saying a can't take the chair and table home with me?!?
That seems to be the pro-stealing argument.
I wanted to say that this comparison is ridiculous, but it actually seems apt.
No, it's a pretty ridiculous comparison.
I think the entire point of this thread is that you CAN'T define a cutoff for when it's "right" and "wrong" to do something. Everyone is different. I think the majority of people will agree that stealing a table and chair is WRONG, but they are OK with taking too many condiment packages/napkins/sporks. It's something as a society that we can't agree on because everyone has a slightly different moral compass. This is why lawmaking is so hard - laws are, ideally, based on right and wrong, but not everyone will always agree on right and wrong.
I saw a good would you rather question the other day:
Think of something extremely immoral (Cheating on your spouse for instance). Would you rather do that thing and have no one find out, or not do it and have everyone think that you did do it?
Assuming you don't enjoy cheating on your spouse, what do you do? Is it selfish or selfless to do it? If you do it, you're protecting her feelings, if you don't do it, you're protecting your conscience.